The moment you walk out of a salon after a blowout is often the time you feel the most invincible—and for good reason. Whether you’re flaunting big, bouncy waves or shiny, pin-straight strands, a good blowout can boost a bad mood and instill confidence on days when you feel like stress eating an entire jar of Nutella.
But there is one downside—like all good things, it must come to an end. And like Cinderella after the ball, a day or two later, we’re left with just our stringy everyday strands and fond memories of our short-lived previous glory. To help prolong our hair high, we spoke with David Babaii, Blo Blow Dry Bar co-owner (the other co-owner happens to be the well-coiffed Gwyneth Paltrow), and asked him to share his tips for extending the life of our blowout. Keep scrolling to learn his tricks!
No, we’re not suggesting you wear a scrunchie out in public (but to each her own). However, using a scrunchie instead of a traditional hair elastic to tie your hair up and out of your face after your blowout will keep kinks at bay. Babaii says they’re especially good if you’ve gotten a sleek, straight blowout. “Gently pull your hair back into a low ponytail and twist [the scrunchie] around to keep the hair in place,” he says. This will prevent that dreaded ponytail kink and keep your hair out of your face when you’re washing up.
Take a cue from Grandma and use Velcro rollers to revive your blowout. “Before having your first cup of coffee or stepping into the shower, simply roll your [bangs] in a jumbo [roller], lifting the section to a 90 degree angle so you can maintain volume,” Babaii says. “Do the same for the top, sides, and back. Allow the Velcro rollers to stay in for about 30 minutes, then remove and finger-comb your hair into place.” Instant volume refresh!
A silk pillowcase might seem extravagant, but it won’t tug on your strands while you sleep like cotton cases do. “They allow your hair to move freely while you’re sleeping so you can avoid flattening [the volume you got from your blowout],” Babaii says.
“Try not to run your fingers through your hair or play with it when you’re bored,” Babaii advises. He says this will increase stimulation to your scalp and cause it to produce unwanted oils. If you do feel like your roots are getting greasy, give them a quick spritz with a volumizing dry shampoo, like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray ($25).
So it’s day three after your blowout, and your voluminous, bouncy locks are looking a bit stringy. No harm done—instead of trying to cling to your former curls, why not rock a different look entirely? Babaii says you can keep the texture from your blowout going by spritzing your strands with a dry texture spray, like Joico’s Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax ($15), then twisting sections of your hair in different directions. Finally, muss everything up and shake your hair out for that sexy, model-off-duty hair.
What’s your post-blowout hair routine like? Tell us below!